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During our two-week vacation in Uruguay, my husband and I spent 35 hours on long distance buses: west/east to Colonia del Sacramento, east/west to Punta del Este, and north/south to Artigas.  Bus travel was cheap, convenient, and gave us a much better understanding of how the other half of the Uruguayan population lives, that is, …

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“By the day after Christmas, you won’t be able to book a hotel, find a restaurant, or call a taxi. But right now, Punta del Este is very nice.” Our waiter has summed up our experience so far in this city that Uruguayans call the Monaco of South America.  We’re here for the final three …

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It was the Canadian ambassador’s idea.  During the business portion of my trip to Uruguay, I met Joanne Frappier twice: once at the signing of a memorandum of understanding  between my university and the Universidad Tecnologica, Uruguay’s newest university; and once with my colleagues at the Canadian Embassy in Montevideo. Her friendly, down-to-earth personality made …

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Before I started my vacation in Uruguay, many locals gave me advice about where to visit.  Although they all had their favorites, everyone mentioned Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site 180 km west of Montevideo. I was well ready to leave Montevideo’s hectic traffic and slightly frayed edges for the Uruguayan countryside. For …

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All right, everyone. Fingers on your buzzers. It’s quiz time. In which country did the tango originate? If you said “Argentina,” you’re only half right. For full points, you’d need to answer “Argentina and Uruguay.” The two countries used to squabble over where it developed, but, in 2009, they applied together to UNESCO to have …

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If you love to drink South American red wine, there’s a very good chance you’ve quaffed a Malbec from Argentina, or a Chilean Cabernet. But Uruguay’s claim to grape fame- the big, bold tannat – may not have arrived in a wine glass near you, especially if you’re Canadian. Part of that is because of …

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